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High School Student Business Idea Competition—Entries due Mar. 2

To encourage entrepreneurship among high school students, Jefferson Community College (JCC) is holding its annual business concept competition in March. North Country high school students are invited to enter the competition by submitting a brief business proposal that outlines the business idea, the market in general terms, the competition, and their competitive advantages. The winning team will be awarded $1,000, with second place earning $500 and third place earning $250.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. Please drop off or mail entries to JCC business instructor Donald S. Urmston, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Room 3-110 Dulles Bldg., Watertown NY 13601.

Teams will present business concepts during a preliminary round at Jefferson, tentatively scheduled for March 7. Three finalists will be chosen to present their business concept on Friday, March 18 in Jefferson Community College’s Sturtz Theater during a morning entrepreneurship program. Teams will be allotted 10 minutes to present their business plan and 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges. Winners will be announced following the presentations.

Teams may consist of one to five members, at least one of whom must be a current North Country high school student. Business ventures that already have significant operations are not eligible to participate. The business proposal should be in the format of an executive summary: two pages of text, two exhibits, 12-point font, and one inch margins. More information is available in the submission requirements and guidelines, competition rules and deadlines (PDF).

The Business Concept Competition is one component of the entrepreneurship program featuring keynote speakers. Finalists in the business competition are encouraged, but not required, to attend the entire program of events. For more information about the Entrepreneurship Program or contest, contact business instructor Donald S. Urmston at 315-786-2385.

For more information about attending Entrepreneurship Day, please contact the Business Division at JCC at 315-786-2287.

The business concept competition is sponsored by the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation and the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board.

The business concept competition and entrepreneurship program have been jointly developed by Jefferson Community College, the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board, Small Business Development Center at JCC and the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation.

SUNY Jefferson: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning ~ Changing Lives

Established on November 7, 1961, Jefferson Community College was the area’s first institution of higher education. Supervised by the State University of New York (SUNY), Jefferson offers 30+ associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer; local access to bachelor’s and advanced degrees through partner institutions; lifelong learning through workshops and seminars; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. Jefferson is accredited by the Middle States Association and currently serves approximately 3,800 students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families.

Visit for more information about 50th anniversary events taking place from January through November of 2011.